A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

Recent entries:
“If 40 is the new 30 and 50 is the new 40, why can’t Thursday be the new Friday?” (3/26)
“Exercise makes you look better naked. So does alcohol. Your choice” (3/26)
“Exercise makes you look better naked. So does tequila. Your choice” (3/26)
“Sometimes I can’t figure out if I’m in preschool or high school. Oh wait, I’m at work” (3/25)
“If caught sleeping, slowly raise your head from your desk and say, ‘In Jesus’ name, Amen‘“ (3/25)
More new entries...

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z


Entry from March 09, 2017
O.K. Bolt (tapioca pudding)

"Bolt” was old New York City restaurant slang for “pudding,” and “O.K. bolt” meant “tapioca pudding.” The terms were cited in an 1888 newspaper, reporting on the strange orders at a restaurant on Ann Street.

It is not known how widespread the “bolt” slang term was for “pudding,” and the reason for the name is unknown as well. Other “bolt” citations have not been found.


Hudson River Valley Heritage Historical Newspapers (NY)
24 March 1888, The Rockland County Journal (NY), “Waiters’ Queer Orders,” pg. 6, col. 1: 
A NEWS reporter went into a restaurant on Ann street yesterday and after having given his order to the waiter asked him what was the meaning of the jargon waiters usually shriek at the cook.
(...)
With a disdainful look at the latter’s ignorance the waiter made answer:

“‘O.K. Bolt’ is another way of saying ‘tapioca pudding.’ All puddings are called ‘bolts’ by waiters.”
(...)
-- N. Y. News

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, March 09, 2017 • Permalink